2009 Bodegas Olarra "Añares" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1203916 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Raspberry, cherry and spicy oak on the fragrant nose. Spicy, sweet red fruit flavors are complemented by vanilla, mocha and licorice, with a smoky note sneaking in on the back half. Finishes with an echo of vanilla, soft tannins and very good persistence. (JR)  (9/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 *Good Value* Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano. This winery dates back to 1973 and they work with vineyards from Baja and Alavesa zones to produce their wine. Cold maceration, 21 days of alcoholic fermentation, 18 months in American and French oak. The wine is a blend from at least four different villages. Rioja integrated style. Complex and very clean nose, where all aromas are well balanced, showing oak, red fruits and cinnamon. Medium intensity flavours but very elegant. The texture on the palate is expressive, vinous with quality chalky tannins. Overall the wine is still fresh despite its age and has already developed a bouquet.  (3/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Anares Reserva offers more concentration and depth with ripe fruit corresponding with a warm vintage, with dark plum, cinnamon and vanilla aromas, while the palate shows clean flavors, good acidity and length. Good value. (LG)  (8/2012)

Wine Spectator

 This savory red offers coffee, soy and licorice flavors, framing dried cherry and currant notes. The thick texture is supported by firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A solid wine with a rustic character.  (12/2014)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2015 | Send Email
Imagine a spicy, softly textured, traditional Rioja from one of the gold standards which have over time become house favorites here, amongst staff and customers alike. You know these wines by now, no need to name 'em. Then, cut the price in half. That is basically the deal here with this excellent bottling of Añares from Bodegas Olarra. Delicious now, but will it age? I will answer on my own rhetorical with a resounding "Yes, it will!" I drank a bottle of the 1982 last year and it was fantastic.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14